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Emily Gosnell struggled with behavioral problems and drugs before being sent to rehabilitation. Now, she is graduating from the Clark Pleasant Academy a semester ahead of her classmates and wants to study drug counseling. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


Emily Gosnell struggled with behavioral problems and drugs before being sent to rehabilitation. Now, she is graduating from the Clark Pleasant Academy a semester ahead of her classmates and wants to study drug counseling. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


Much of Emily Gosnell’s second year at the alternative academy is hazy, but she remembers clearly the day she stood up to instructor Ryan Norris, telling him she had no plans to listen to him.

Gosnell’s second year at the alternative academy wasn’t going well. She had started smoking marijuana daily at the start of the school year, which made it impossible to stay focused on her assignments. Toward the end of the school year, Norris, a new teacher at the alternative academy, told Gosnell that wasn’t going to work — she needed to focus or she wasn’t going to be able to complete the program.

Gosnell told Norris he was wrong.

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